Bearcats Fall to Missionairies, 51-40

SALEM- Three players scored in double figures, led by Katie Patneaude’s 15 points, as the Whitman Missionaries held off a scrappy Willamette University women’s basketball team with a 51-40 win at Cone Field House Friday night.

The Missionaries (12-5, 7-2 NWC) couldn’t shake the Bearcats all night. After taking a seven-point lead with under a minute to go in the first half, the Missionaries saw Willamette (4-13, 0-9 NWC) reel off six straight to end the half down just one point, 24-23.

The game see-sawed in the second half until the eight minute mark when the Bearcats’ shooting went ice cold. Meanwhile Lizzy Washburn, who shook off two bloody noses in the first half, hit all six of her points down the stretch as the Missionaries gradually pulled away for the victory.

Sarah O’Brien and Simmie Muth each had eight points to lead the Bearcats. Anna McLuen had seven.

For the Missionaries, Sarah Laird had 12 points Laura Vertatschitsch added ten. Laird led the Missionaries with six rebounds. The Bearcats won the battle of the boards, 42-38. Deanna Lund and Brianne King each had seven.

For the game, the Missionairies shot 33.3% while the Bearcats finished 32% Willamette had 25 turnovers to 16 for Whitman.

The Bearcats play at home against Whitworth Saturday night.